Business Management

Good business management skills are vital in the beef cattle industry. Tips on applying RFID tags, performing a beef quality audit, pricing meat cuts, conditioning cattle for market and understanding beef carcass yields and losses during processing.

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Cattle grazing on pasture. Photo credit: Dr. Jessica Williamson
Profiting From PA Forages - Workshops Workshops
In this day-long course, beef cattle producers will learn how to optimize the use of forages on their farms. More
Cattle on pasture. Photo credit: Dr. Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? - Workshops Workshops
In this introductory course, individuals interested in beginning a beef enterprise will be introduced to a variety of topics. More
Northern Tier Beef Series
Northern Tier Beef Series - Workshops Workshops
The Penn State Extension livestock team will offer the same beef producer seminar in three locations. Topics will include how to read and understand performance data on bulls and marketing feeder calves. More
Grass-fed Beef Production
Grass-fed Beef Production - Videos Videos

Grass-fed Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., David Hartman

9:50

Grass-fed beef production in the United States is on the rise. However, there are important management and forage quality factors that must be consider. More
Implants used in cattle increase feed efficiency. (Photo Credit: PA Beef Producers Working Group)
2017 Calf-fed Holstein Demonstration Results - Articles Articles
This report summarizes the calf-fed holstein demonstration comparing growth performance and economic data of implanted and non-implanted cattle by the PA Beef producers working group in 2017. More
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit - Articles Articles
Data from the 2016 audit add tremendously to the core knowledge on guideposts and measurements to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. More
Photo: John and Katie Dawes
Beef Summer Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Save this date for the beef summer field day. More
Partial Budgeting
Partial Budgeting - Online Courses Online Courses

Partial Budgeting

2

2 hours

$39.00
Partial budgeting is a tool that helps farm managers assess the possible financial impact of a change in resources, such as purchasing new equipment. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management

7

19 hours

$199.00
This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. More
2016 Calf-fed Holstein Demonstration Results
2016 Calf-fed Holstein Demonstration Results - Articles Articles
This report summarizes the calf-fed hosltein feeding demonstration complete with growth performance and economic data by the PA Beef Producers Working Group in 2016. More
Crop Cents Mobile App
Crop Cents Mobile App - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Crop Cents Mobile App

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

CropCents is a mobile app that calculates actual costs to produce home raised feeds for crop, dairy, and beef producers. More
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock - Articles Articles
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? More
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing - Articles Articles
Understanding the factors involved in estimating the amount of beef derived from the live animal will assist cattle producers who directly market their beef. More
Raising livestock for direct-to-consumer meat sales requires careful record keeping and analysis to determine profitable pricing.
How Much Should You Charge? Pricing Your Meat Cuts - Articles Articles
Pricing meat for direct-to-consumer sales. More
Replacement Heifers: Management Options Benefit Bottom Line
Replacement Heifers: Management Options Benefit Bottom Line - Articles Articles
Reproduction is the most influential factor contributing to the profitability of a cow calf producer. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Beef Cattle in feedlot
Feeding Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Beef Cattle

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases. More
Beef Cow-calf Operation
Beef Cow-calf Operation - Videos Videos

Beef Cow-calf Operation

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

4:40

Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a cow-calf operation. More
Custom Feeding Cattle
Custom Feeding Cattle - Articles Articles

Custom Feeding Cattle

John W. Comerford

For those with the facilities, feedstuffs, and management expertise, custom feeding cattle is an excellent risk management tool. More
Controlled Calving Season is Controlled Management
Controlled Calving Season is Controlled Management - Articles Articles
The key to successful management in a cow herd is being able to plan health, feeding, and marketing programs that will be effective and efficient. More
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle - Articles Articles
Retaining ownership of feeder cattle beyond the traditional time of sale at or near weaning is an option some cow-calf producers may consider. More
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull - Articles Articles

The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

This article discusses the decision-making process in buying a bull. More
Composting is a popular option for product managers to use for mortality
Managing Livestock Mortalities - Articles Articles
Proper management of animal mortalities on the farm has important implications in nutrient management, herd health, as well as farm family and public health. More
Beef cattle
Beef Background Production - Articles Articles

Beef Background Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot. More
Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More